April 26 – May 4
The 9th annual Silk Screen Film Festival is underway, showcasing 25 feature films and two short films during 47 screening events taking place at Regent Square Theater, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum and Waterworks Cinemas. Films and filmmakers for 2014 hail from India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Iran and more.
This year’s festival marks the first lineup to include a film from Palestine, and also the first time a film from that region has been nominated for an Oscar (Omar). Notable directors featured in this year’s roster include: Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History), Makoto Shinkai (Garden of Words), Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) and new director Jung Huh (Hide and Seek).
From Massoud Bahkshi’s 2014 film, A Respectable Family, which presents a demanding examination of political and personal issues within Tehran society, to Touch of the Light, a new film by Rong-ji Chang that is based on the real life of blind pianist Huang Yu-Siang–Silk Screen is dedicated to bringing diverse voices to the Pittsburgh community. Screenings are augmented with a robust program of Q&A sessions with visiting directors, actors and industry experts, sneak previews, receptions and collaborative happenings.
Since its inception in 2005, local nonprofit Silk Screen has been working to put Pittsburgh on the map in terms of celebrating the diversity of Asian and Asian American experiences through cultural events. This signature event is the first of its kind in the region, showcasing Asian and Asian American art, life, society and history through films from diverse countries and cultures.